Friday, October 3, 2014
The Islamic State has returned dozens of detained Yazidi families back to their houses located in the district of Sinjar in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq, in a move which was described by one Yazidi commander as a "frightening" development because of the likelihood that they would be used as human shields, Anadolu news agency reported. Nawaf Khaddida Sinjari, the commander of a Yazidi combat patrol, told Anadolu that: "We have received information from several sources confirming that Islamic State terrorist gangs have brought more than 80 Yazidi families who had previously been detained in the areas south of Mosul back to the Sinjar area." He added, "The majority of them are women and children under the age of 12 years." Nawaf, who is hiding with his fighters on Sinjar mountain, described such a step as "frightening", saying that "it is very likely that the Islamic State wants to use those families as human shields after the violent aerial bombardment and the strikes that have targeted the organisation in the Rabia' area, 120 kilometres west of Mosul over the past three days, which resulted in the expulsion of Islamic State remnants from the area." The terrorist organisation invaded the Sinjar district, 124 kilometres west of Mosul, on 3 August, an area that is inhabited by a majority of Yazidi Kurds. Anadolu cited Yazidi activists who said that the Islamic State has committed heinous crimes, including the murder and the kidnapping and captivity of thousands of Yazidi civilians. It is usually not possible to get an official comment from the Islamic State because of the restrictions imposed by the organisation in dealing with the media. The Yazidis are a religious group, most of whose members live near Mosul and the Sinjar mountain region in Iraq. Estimated to number about 600,000, smaller groups of Yazidis live in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia. According to researchers, the Yazidi religion is one of the ancient Kurdish religions, with the Kurdish language used in all its rituals and religious rites. The international US-led coalition, which involves many European and Arab countries, launched air strikes on Islamic State camps in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to curtail its progress into wider areas of these two countries. Since the beginning of this year, forces from the Iraqi army have been fighting fierce battles against armed groups, led by the Islamic State organisation, in most areas of the Anbar province, which has a Sunni majority. Those battles became even tougher about two months ago after armed groups seized control of the western districts of the county, including 'Ana, Rawa, Al-Qai'm and Al-Retba, in addition to the province's eastern regions of Falluja and Al-Karma, as well as parts of the city of Ramadi. The turmoil prevails in the areas of the north and west of Iraq after the Islamic State, along with other militias allied with it, took over large parts of the Ninoi province in the north on 10 June 2014, after the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from the area without any resistance, leaving large quantities of weapons and gear behind. The same scenario happened in other provinces in the north of Iraq. A few months ago, this also happened in the cities of Anbar province in the west of the country. The Iraqi forces, backed by armed allied groups as well as the Peshmerga forces, the Kurdish army of northern Iraq, have since managed to kick out the militants and regain control of a number of cities and towns after heavy fighting over the past few weeks.
Just two years after a lavish ceremony to celebrate the centenary of Austria’s “model” law on Islam, the law is set to be overhauled to ban Muslims from receiving foreign funding and pave the way for a standardised German language version of the Koran. Muslim groups in Austria have expressed disappointment that their government was bowing to “blanket suspicion and mistrust” of the Muslim community. Muslims make up 6 percent of Austria’s population, and are the second largest religious grouping, after Roman Catholics, in Vienna. Until recently the community enjoyed good relations with their neighbours, but governmental reports on the rise of Islamic militancy have caused nationalist parties to gain ground in the polls in recent months. Around 140 Austrians are understood to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight as jihadis, according to Reuters. “The clear message should be that there is no contradiction between being a faithful Muslim and a proud Austrian,” Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz has told reporters. “If you don't have orderly legal regulation ... this can always bring dangers (of extremism). In this sense, if you like this is maybe a part of prevention.” Sharia law has “no place here,” he added. The amended law will prohibit Muslim organisations from receiving foreign funding. One-off grants, such as money left in a will, will be allowed but only if the management of assets is handled in Austria, The Local has reported. Living subsidies, such as those given to Imams to fund their work will be outlawed. 65 of Austria’s approximately 300 Imams are currently employed by Turkey. They will either have to cease work or find alternative funding. Muslim organisations will be compelled to teach at least one lesson in German, and community leaders will be dismissed if they have a criminal record. According to the BBC, 60,000 children take part annually in Muslim religion classes in Austria, which are taught in German. All state-recognised religions, of which Islam is one, will have to offer a standardised German-language version of their doctrines and holy texts, including the Koran. This presents a particular problem for Islam as the draft law bundles together the Sunni, Shi-ite and Alawite traditions. Further issues are created by the fact that Muslims believe the Arabic version of the Koran is the literal word of Allah in Islam, and that any translation constitutes an interpretation. “If a version of the Koran (in German) comes along as the codified, ultimate (version), then this would contradict the self-conception of Islam,” said Carla Amina Baghajati, spokeswoman for the Islamic Community of Faith in Austria (IGGIO), one of two officially recognised Austrian Islamic organisations. Speaking more generally about the proposed bill, she said “Among the Muslim base, the law is not seen as a gift for the Eid holiday," referring to the upcoming holiday of Eid-al-Adha. "(The bill) mirrors in its overtone the spirit of the times we currently perceive, which is marked by blanket suspicion and mistrust against Muslims,” she added, although she is also optimistic that the draft legislation might still be amended. However, Kurz was dismissive, pointing out that it had been possible to create unified teaching material for Islamic religious studies in Austrian schools. Last month he told an Austrian radio station that countless translations of the Koran had been created, and that it was in the interest of the Muslim community to eliminate possible misunderstandings. German translations of the Koran have previously been made. Austria’s 102 year old Law on Islam had previously been seen as a symbol of religious tolerance, as it awarded Muslims in Austria the same rights as those given to Christians, Jews and Buddhists, amongst others, making Islam a state-recognised religion. Speaking in 2012 at a ceremony held to celebrate the law, Omar Al-Rawi, a Vienna City councillor, praised the law for integrating the Muslim community into Austrian life, saying that it made them feel accepted. “Austria is a model in Europe in dealing with Islam, but the Austrian Muslims are also a European model,” he said. “The Muslims know that with rights there are also obligations and duties. And if you have a lot of rights and benefits, you also have something to lose. “Austrian Muslims go all over the world saying we are Austrians, we belong to this country that gave us respect and recognition and gave us a lot of benefits that even some Muslim countries don't enjoy. And that is why they are very proud saying that they are Austrians.” Austria’s President Heinz Fischer called for peaceful and respectful relations, saying that, thanks to their legal status, Austria’s official religions were obliged to “respect and accept the laws of the state”. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/03/Austrias-Law-on-Islam-Overhauled-Amid-Growing-Distrust-of-Muslim-Community
US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria. America’s “biggest problem” in Syria is its regional allies, Biden told students at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University on Thursday. “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,” he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “so determined to take down Assad,” that in a sense they started a “proxy Sunni-Shia war” by pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” towards anyone who would fight against Assad. “And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them,” said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria. “The outcome of such a policy now is more visible,” he said, as it turned out they supplied extremists from Al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda. All of a sudden the regional powers that sponsored anti-Assad rebels awakened to the dawn of a major international security threat in the face of ISIS – now called Islamic State. After being essentially thrown out of Iraq it found open space and territory in eastern Syria and established close ties with the Al-Nusra Front which the US had earlier declared a terrorist group. Now Washington needs a coalition of Sunni states to fight the Islamic State because “America can't once again go in to Muslim nation and be the aggressor, it has to be led by Sunnis, to attack a Sunni organization [the IS],” Biden said, acknowledging that it is for the first time that the US uses a geopolitical strategy. “Even if we wanted it to be, it cannot be our fight alone,” Biden said. “This cannot be turned into a US ground war against another Arab nation in the Middle East.”
An excerpt from President Obama's remarks on building a new foundation for the American economy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on October 2, 2014.
Critics of different countries have denounced the illegal gatherings of the Occupy Central movement and criticized protestors for resorting to violence and jeopardizing Hong Kong's future. The protests in Hong Kong's busiest areas since Sept. 28 have led to serious traffic disruption, temporary closure of schools and banks, and slumps in the benchmark Hang Seng Index, impacting the region's economic prosperity and social stability. Martin Jacques, a Guardian columnist, wrote a commentary titled "China is Hong Kong's future - not its enemy" on Wednesday. He said in the commentary that it should be remembered that for 155 years until its handover to China in 1997, Hong Kong had been a British colony, forcibly taken from China at the end of the first Opium War. All its 28 governors under the colonial rule were appointed by the British authority, Jacques said, adding that democracy was actually introduced to Hong Kong by the Chinese government. In 1997, the latter adopted the Basic Law, which included the commitment that the chief executive of Hong Kong will be elected by universal suffrage in 2017. Over the last 17 years since the handover, China has honored its commitment to the principle of "one country, two systems." Pierre Picard, an expert on China from the University of Paris-VIII, told Xinhua on Wednesday that some Western countries used double standards on the Occupy Central movement and interfered in China's internal affairs, which was "astonishing." What should be concerned about is that why the Occupy Central happened three years before 2017 and who use it to undermine the democratic process of Hong Kong and the stability of China, Picard said. He stressed that people should be wary of the real motives of the Occupy Central organizers. Fang Yan, a critic in New York, said the Occupy Central organizers oppose to list "love China, love Hong Kong" as a requirement for Hong Kong's chief executive candidates. These organizers intend to get rid of the leadership of the central government with the support of foreign powers and try to turn Hong Kong into a certain kind of independent political entity. Fang said since Hong Kong's return to China, the mainland and Hong Kong have been closely linked, sharing weal and woe. Hong Kong not only needs support and assistance from the central government, but cooperation with other provinces and municipalities in various areas. If one who does not love China were elected as Hong Kong's chief executive, the very first victim would be Hong Kong itself, Fang added.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari will arrive here in Lahore on Friday afternoon and will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in the city as well, ARY News reports.
There is evidence that the terrorist outfit is actively recruiting fighters in the troubled country.Tanned, green-eyed, long-bearded Pashtun crossing the border from Afghanistan have never been so feared in Peshawar, the capital city of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Through history this region has been one of the busiest in Central Asia, connecting travelers, traders and storytellers to India and beyond. But the recent decade has been agonizing for local Pashtun, with their identity and geography appropriated by militant groups like al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as their various factions in the region. This week brought the biggest blow yet, when the formidable Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) was discovered openly recruiting in the city. Local fighters in Peshawar and FATA were seen to be showing around about a dozen men who had crossed over from Afghanistan to Pakistan to promote the cause of the caliphate. These men in turn distributed hundreds of pamphlets in Peshawar and its environs. For fighters and militant commanders in Pakistan, the Islamic State is an object of awe. Most militants, individually and in groups, romanticize the idea of Islam and sharia spreading across the world. In essence, the idea and ideals of a unified caliphate has aroused jihadists everywhere, multiplying the Islamic State’s following in Pakistan and Afghanistan much more rapidly than was achieved even by heavyweights like the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Amanullah Khan, a former professor at Peshawar University who worked for many years trying to de-radicalize youth, said that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an appealing figure for young followers with a jihadi mentality, with his background as an Islamic scholar playing a stronger bonding role for impressionable youth. Unlike Osama Bin Laden and Aymen al-Zawahiri, respectively an engineer and doctor, jihadists who were less immersed in knowledge of Islam, Baghdadi offers both a traditional Islamic education and an abundant jihadist resume. “That legitimacy can definitely turn a lot of al-Qaeda and Taliban supporters in the region, and in fact it is already happening,” says Khan. With at least 48 known jihadist groups in Pakistan, IS would seem to have plenty of potential to grow within the country. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned militant group that wants to establish Pakistan as a Sunni Muslim state, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and offshoots of al-Qaeda and the Haqqani Network are just a few of these groups. The Pakistan military has long been accused of providing opportunities, logistics and sponsorship to these groups in exchange for their proxy services. With the popularity of right-wing religious parties swelling in every city, Pakistan has become a hotbed for new recruits. IS is now tapping these resources, and given Pakistan’s porous borders with its neighbors, it could give the group the foothold it needs to establish a presence in South Asia. Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the military operation in North Waziristan, has displaced more than one million local civilians from the region, yet the army has still not been able to decisively defeat the militants it was targeting. In fact, recent reports suggest that most top commanders of both Haqqani and Pakistani Taliban left Waziristan prior to the operation. Some crossed the border and escaped into Afghanistan, while others scattered to relocate in the north of the country in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or in Karachi in the south. The Pakistani military recently claimed that had 901 militants had been killed in the Waziristan operation, but these figures are refuted by local sources as well as militant groups themselves, who claim to have escaped the operation. And in fact the government has not been able to identify the militants it says it has killed. At any rate, the Pakistan Taliban has been able to re group. More disturbingly, Omar Khalid Khorasani – a former Pakistan Taliban leader who has strong links with both al-Qaeda and its leader Zawahiri – has apparently now established a new group called Jamat-ul-Ahrar, which he insists is the “real Taliban” in Pakistan. According to Khorasani, more than eighty percent of Taliban fighters and commanders from different regions and militant groups across the country have joined his new outfit, which is a staunch supporter of the Islamic State. Recent weeks have offered Pakistan’s militants a unique opportunity, with the country in the grip of political instability. The struggle between elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and politician Imran Khan – a former cricketer best known these days for his ability to orchestrate mobs – has shaken this fragile democracy. Both the media and state shifted their focus from jihadist developments, allowing the militants to regroup. According to at least a dozen sources in Peshawar, including fighters who say they have returned from Syria, IS has been recruiting in Pakistan for some time. Many fighters from anti-Shia militant groups in Pakistan sign up, and were initially tasked to fight the Assad regime. In Sistan and Dasht, two regions in Balochistan bordering Iran – Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province with its own ongoing separatist movement – locals have found wall markings with similar messages. According to a few local Baloch, there are more than a hundred militants from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other anti-Shia groups in these areas. Although evidence of these activities was present before, they passed largely unremarked until IS began to advertise publicly. Local reporters who might have been familiar with the recruiting avoided reporting out of fear for their lives. All this now means that collaboration is possible between some of the most hardline and unbending regional groups in Pakistan and IS in the Middle East. And the most striking and high-profile support that IS may be able to count on in Pakistan comes from Jamat-ul-Ahrar, the newly formed group. Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesperson for Jamat-ul-Ahrar, is clear on the group’s plans to fight along with the Islamic Caliphate, “We consider every mujahid (fighter for Jihad) as our brother.” He added, “Islam is a religion of peace. We want implementation of this system. We’ll continue our armed struggle until we implement Shari’ah in Pakistan.” With hardline groups in Pakistan offering safe haven for the Islamic State in this region, while simultaneously pursuing their own local goals, and with younger fighters and groups inspired to join the cause of the caliphate, the security situation looks set to deteriorate not just in Pakistan but throughout the region. The Pakistani military has failed five times since 2007 to crush the jihadist groups. Now, commanders who say they have left al-Qaeda and sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may form a force that is beyond the military’s ability to contain.
Pakistan : PML N's government targeting Christian asylum seekers in South and South East Asia: A Report
The Central Secretariat of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has issued a press note here today condemning conspiracy of ruling party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group PML (N) in federation and Punjab Province to target Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand who fled from Pakistan for safety of their lives after Muslim mob attacks on their life and property in Punjab. There are more than 9 thousand Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand and 2-3 thousands in Malaysia and Sri Lanka respectively. The government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz PML (N) hatched a conspiracy and engaged one Christian Federal Minister who was selected on PML (N) in parliament to participate in every official function of High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad which can be witnessed on viewing official website of Sri Lankan High Commission. The Pakistan government provided logistic support to Sri Lanka to defeat Tamil Tigers and establish writ in Tamil majority areas. With support of Pakistan, hundreds and thousands of innocent Tamils were killed by Sri Lanka army. As Pakistan and Sri Lanka are not signatories of International Criminal Court ICC, therefore one super power used Pakistan to transfer deadly weapons to Sri Lanka to kill Tamil innocent population to avoid any charges of genocide and crime against humanity. The gathering of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Sri Lanka and their applications to UNHCR was never appreciated by government of Pakistan and government of Punjab which are of PML (N). PML (N) Christian federal Minister was provided huge funds by Intelligence Bureau IB to send delegates of some Bishops and NGO,s to Colombo to collect data of Christian asylum seekers in Sri Lanka to prove that Pakistani Christian asylum seekers were not oppressed or persecuted in Pakistan. After collection of data of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Sri Lanka, the government of Pakistan found that cases submitted with UNHCR by Christians are genuine, the government of Pakistan pressed upon Sri Lankan government to end entry on arrival for Pakistani nationals and to impose visa requirements in return of its support to kill innocent Tamil population. There for in June 2014, Sri Lanka impose Visa requirements on Pakistani nationals revoking entry on arrival but still it fell short on demand of deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers. On which Sri Lankan government started arresting Pakistani asylum seekers on health issues blaming that these asylum seekers are spreading malaria diseases. Another Christian Minister in Punjab Government which is also led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group PML (N) also played role against Christian asylum seekers in South and South East Asia. It is learned by Pakistan Christian Post sources that profiles collected by PML (N) government of Christian asylum seekers have been forwarded to UNHCR with fake documents prepared by Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan to prove that cases submitted are not true. The Christian asylum seekers sold their properties to flee from Pakistan for safety of life which Christian Federal Minister, Christian Provincial Minister, some Christian NGO workers and few Christian religious leaders want to target and their deportation to Pakistan from those respective states in which they have applied for asylum with UNHCR.
shiapost.comAllama Shahenshah Naqvi, central leader of Shia Ulema Council, has warned the government that Shiites would not accept the release of the takfiri terrorists involved in Shia genocide. “Government, it seems, to have surrendered to the takfiri fanatics’ demand for release of their terrorist comrades but we alert the government not to release a single terrorist,” he said speaking at a press conference. Allama Jafar Subhani, Allama Abid Raza Irfani, Maulana Roohullah and Maulana Karamuddin Waziri were also present. He said that government banned takfiri terrorist groups and now held talks with the banned group’s ringleaders. He asked if it would help establish rule of law. He condemned the timidity of Sindh government against the ferocious terrorists. “Should the rulers accept the pressure of protest and sit-in by takfiris for release of the terrorists, then we make it clear to the government that we too shall come out on streets and stage sit-in to pressure the government not to release the terrorists,” he maintained. Allama Shahenshah Naqvi demanded that Operation Zarb-e-Azb should be expanded to every nook and corner of the country. He urged the Sindh Government to crush terrorist network through security agencies instead of striking deal with them.
CELEBRITIES have added their voices to calls for Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene in the case of Edinburgh grandfather Mohammad Asghar, who was shot in a Pakistani prison.The Leith grocer – who is being held after being sentenced to death on blasphemy charges – now has backing from Stephen Fry, Frankie Boyle and David Morrissey. Campaigners are urging the UK Government to do all it can to help bring the 70-year-old, who suffers from severe mental illness, back to this country. Mr Asghar was shot in Adiala prison in Rawalpindi last week, reportedly by a police officer or prison guard. He is currently in intensive care, but concerns have been raised for his safety by legal charity Reprieve after it was revealed the Pakistani authorities planned to return him to the jail. Reprieve said people accused or convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan face a high level of risk from attacks by religious extremists. Mr Asghar’s daughter, Jasmine, has called on Mr Cameron to help ensure that as soon as he is well enough to travel, he is brought back to the UK. That call was echoed by Stephen Fry, who tweeted: “Govt must not let mentally ill Brit Mohammad Asghar be returned to prison. They must do all they can to get him home.” Comedian Frankie Boyle tweeted: “70yo Scotsman Mohammad Asghar shot, under death sentence for blasphemy, surely government should get him home.” Al Murray urged his followers to sign a 38 Degrees petition for the Prime Minister to bring Mr Asghar home, saying it “means a lot to me”. And in a newspaper article, David Morrissey wrote: “It is surely not too much to ask that the British government exert every political sinew to protect him at this desperate stage.” Scottish External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said ministers at Holyrood were “extremely concerned” and were doing all in their power to ensure Mr Asghar’s health, safety and security. He said First Minister Alex Salmond had “directly intervened in this case” and had held face-to-face talks with Muhammad Sarwar, the governor of the Punjab, the region of Pakistan where Mr Asghar is being held.
The ongoing crisis — that in effect is a low-intensity war — in Balochistan continues to take lives on all sides. There are estimated to be around 2,000 political activists killed in the last eight years. Some of that number have simply ‘disappeared’ and are presumed dead, others are found by the roadsides riddled with bullets whilst yet others turn up in gunny sacks, sometimes dismembered, at others decomposed beyond the point of easy identification. One such instance occurred on September 24 when two sacks containing human remains were found near Rakshan Nadi in the western Panjgur district. Nationalist party workers quickly proclaimed the remains to be of party workers. The blame game started immediately, and as there is never any conclusive investigation of the killings in Balochistan, nor a successful hunt for the killers and consequently no prosecution, blame is hurled indiscriminately with or without foundation. Baloch nationalists invariably blame the government agencies and entities, and in places where the insurgency is hot — such as Panjgur — there are frequent clashes between security forces and Baloch nationalist and separatist groups. The government has commented that some neighbouring countries are involved. Rival groups also clash between themselves, adding much confusion as to who is doing what to whom and why. Inasmuch as anything is clear the entire province is touched by violence and decades of distrust — indeed outright betrayal on occasion — and virtually nowhere can be considered safe and secure. Sectarian killings are common, and doctors and teachers regularly gunned down. Innocents are caught in the crossfire or die as ‘collateral damage’ in bombings. Both the provincial and federal governments are unable or unwilling to get a grip of a resolution to the many and complex disputes that can be owned by all stakeholders, and it is difficult not to conclude that there is an artificial state of ‘managed instability’ in the province.
Sources have revealed that former President of Pakistan and co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is likely to meet with Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq today at his headquarter in Mansura, Lahore. Sirajul Haq has confirmed that there has been an initial contact between the two leaders. However, the meeting has not been finalized yet. Asif Ali Zardari is traveling to Lahore to meet with Sirajul Haq today in the evening. Both leaders are expected to discuss the current political crisis in Pakistan whereas would also review the administrative activities.
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The Express TribuneThere has been a 48 per cent increase in the number of dengue patients in the Rawalpindi District as compared to the numbers recorded last year till October. Data collected by The Express Tribune from the allied hospitals and the District Health Department reveals that till October last year, there were 44 confirmed cases of dengue whereas this year the number of patients has soared to 65. District Dengue Surveillance Coordinator Dr Ehsan Ghani stated that the majority of cases reported this year are residents of the cantonment area. “Almost 80 per cent out of the total number of cases reported from Rawalpindi are from the Cantonment area; a part of the city that does not fall under the jurisdiction of the health department,” he elaborated. He further stated that the majority of the rest of the cases—from places that do fall under the department’s jurisdiction—23 have been reported from Rawal Town. “Even last year the majority of dengue fever cases were reported from the union council of Rawal Town. Discrepancies in numbers Though the number of dengue patients has considerably risen, reports from the allied hospitals and health department are contradictory. According to a consolidated report complied by Holy Family Hospital (HFH) In-charge Infectious Diseases Dr Javed Hayyat, 65 patients have been confirmed for dengue in three public hospitals of the city this year. In contrast Ghani says 56 cases have so far been confirmed. In this regard, Hayyat said he has “complied the data of the patients that have been registered in three public hospitals along with three other patients who do not fall under the district”. Whereas, Dr Ghani asserts that they have been compiling the records and the latest count of patient add up to 56. Another possible case in capital A patient suspected of having contracted dengue has been admitted to the Polyclinic hospital. According to Dr Tanveer Malik, emergency in-charge of the hospital, the patient was brought in two days back with high fever, bleeding and acute muscular ache. “His medical report is due within a day or so,” said Malik, adding that his case would become clear only after the results come in. Currently, one person has been confirmed to have contracted the disease in the capital.